Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy is indeed a curious book. It is a compendium of
essays written by a variety of philosophical scholars, hailing from an assortment of universities
throughout the United States through the Jabberwocky Society of America. Interestingly, most of
the essayists are men, with just two women contributing. It is of note, however, that the first
essay in the book is entitled "Unruly Alice: A Feminist View of Some Adventures in Wonderland"
and is written by Megan S. Lloyd.
I thought the first essay might set the tone for the book. I was wrong. Each essay is absolutely
unique unto itself, causing the reader to shift mental gears to absorb the message the author is
conveying—even as the reader (or at least myself as a reader) oft feels that a rabbit hole
has indeed opened up within the very pages of this work of professorial profundity of philosophical
Albeit smaller than normal for a scholarly work, this tome is divided into four sections:
"Wake Up, Alice Dear" "That's Logic" "We're All Mad Here" and "Who In The World Am I?" Each part
addresses Alice in
Wonderland from a different slant of light—i.e. focusing on various scenarios from
the original story and what they may really mean. Yet they mean different things to different
With the renewed popularity of Alice in Wonderland of late, most notably the current hit
movie, this book is very timely and should appeal to a wide variety of people. It will help younger
readers more deeply explore the concepts laid out in the tale, and at the same time, should help
those long familiar with Alice to reawaken those feelings of joy and promise and intrigue.
The book does certainly open one's mind to becoming "curiouser and curiouser" and is well worth the
read. I read some of it in the morning, some over lunch, and some just before drifting off to sleep.
New dimensions arose from the essays at the varied times of reading, and I must say, I enjoyed the
reading experience very much! Order your copy today—you won't be sorry!